The opening sentence says "Cincinnati goes on the map scientifically in May." The computer was an IBM 701 and was number 6 of 19 originally built. The monthly rental back then was ~$17,000. According to the IBM website -- http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/exhibits/701/701_customers.html -- the computer was delivered on May 27. Dr. Herb Grosch was the first computer director at the GE-Evendale Aircraft Engines facility. Dr. Donald Shell (a UC alumni and developer of the Shell sort computer routine) spent most of his career at GE-Evendale and worked for Dr. Grosch. This was the most powerful commercial computer in the entire mid-west at the time. Dr. Grosch was quoted as saying that "our whole technicalogical civilization will be guided by this type of of machine which will be doing the detail or dog work."
William Bell wrote about the computer's usage here in a book entitled "A Management Guide to Electronic Computers", McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York, 1957 (found on the web through Google books). He writes about using the computer to help in production-shop scheduling and operations research (UC's Lindner College of Business excels in this area). Stanley Rothman was mentioned as being the supervisor of the operations research unit the GE-Evendale.
|Cincinnati Enquirer, Sunday, March 29, 1953 Article|
|Ronald Reagan and Dr. Herb Grosch from William Bell's book. Reagan was then working for the GE Theater radio and TV show.|
|GE-Evendale -- Computation Lab; this building is still in existence today; photo from William Bell's book|